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Part I

  Another Sign in Heaven
  Victory Over the Beast and Image
  Two Songs of Moses
  The "Image" Becomes History

Part II

  The Temple and the Tabernacle
  Seven Angels
  Golden Bowls 
  Filled with God's Glory
The Tabernacle
Solomon's Temple
Ezekiel's Temple

Part III

7 Last Plagues
1st Plague
2nd Plague
3rd Plague
4th Plague
5th Plague
6th Plague
7th Plague

Part IV

Who Pours the Bowls
Fall of Jericho
The Elijah Type

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Part II

The Temple and the Tabernacle

"After These Things I Saw and the Sanctuary of the Temple
of the Tabernacle of the Witness Was Opened in Heaven." 

Revelation 15:5
(Livermore and Meggison Translation.)

    We are taken back to 2 Chronicles 5:5. When Solomon's Temple was almost finished, the exciting day finally came when the "Ark of the Covenant" was to be placed in the Temple, as well as all the "holy vessels that were in the tent." 

"And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle; these did the priests and the Levites bring up."

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The Levites brought up the
Ark of the Covenant

    The ark no longer contained the "golden pot of manna" (promise of immortality) or "Aaron's rod that budded" (divine authority of the priesthood). They were unnecessary because at this point the church either has immortality or is certain of possessing it, and they are permanently identified with God’s Temple,  no longer needing proof of their favor with God.
    In Solomon's Temple the only thing in the Ark of the Covenant was the "two tables of the law." God’s law never changes. Its spiritual requirements will be in the new arrangement.
    It is called the "Ark of the Covenant." Ark of what Covenant?
    The sacred Ark represented God’s oath-bound Abrahamic Covenant. When the Ark of the Covenant is placed in its final resting-place in the Temple, the time will be near for the blessing of all the families of the earth.
    While Revelation 15:5 does not mention the Ark of the Covenant, it mixes two metaphors:

(1) the "Temple" or the sanctuary, and
(2) "the Tabernacle of the testimony."

     The "Temple" was a permanent structure, while the "Tabernacle" was temporary. We think this shows what we have already described. The temporary Tabernacle furnishings, especially the Ark, were brought into the permanent Temple condition.

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The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

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Solomon's Temple

The "tabernacle of the testimony" is an interesting phrase. While in its temporary condition, the Tabernacle had a "pillar of fire by night" and a "pillar of cloud" by day as its witness. This witness will be enhanced when the temporary furnishings become permanently identified with the glorious "Temple" of Christ. We believe those saints remaining on this side of the veil will be sealed and identified with this "Temple." Then will follow a very faithful declaration of God’s judgments.

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Seven Angels

"And the Seven Angels Came Out of the Temple,
Having the Seven Plagues,
Clothed in Pure and White Linen, and
Having their Breasts Girded with Golden Girdles." 

Revelation 15:6

    The "seven angels" (messengers) were sent forth from the sanctuary or the temple. The Temple represents the Christ of God. Here the full power and strength of God's judgment is readied for delivery. Yet, it cannot be delivered. Why? Even though the seven angels have "golden girdles" (picturing divine servitude), one thing is lacking. What? They must have "golden bowls" before they can deliver their message.

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"And one of the four beasts [living ones] gave unto the seven angels [messengers] seven golden vials [bowls] full of the wrath of the God, who liveth for ever and ever."

Revelation 15:7

    The seven angels are girded for service, but with no way to proceed until God provides the "golden bowls." Then, and only then, are they empowered to deliver the awesome judgment messages.
    This lesson seems to preclude the idea of the "seven plagues" being poured out throughout the Harvest period. The seven angels were not given one bowl at a time. Seven bowls were provided simultaneously to the seven messengers or messages.
    When it is claimed that the plagues are being poured out throughout the Harvest time, we must ask what "golden bowl" was divinely provided for each? How could the Great Company and the Second Death class have had a part in delivering these messages?
    If we explain this as merely being some ongoing witness by the Lord's people throughout the Harvest, there would have been a great mixture of brethren who witnessed to the truth in this Harvest. Probably the majority of brethren later denied the truths of the Harvest. Others lost faith in it. Such classes could not, as it were, come from the Temple.
    The seven angels are clothed in "white linen, having their breasts girded with golden girdles." (Revelation 15:6) Here again, is shown no ordinary standing. We know the "white linen" is the righteousness of the saints. In this case it is associated with the seven righteous messages. No ordinary servants these. The "golden girdles" indicate divine servitude.

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Golden Bowls

"Gave unto the Seven Angels
Seven Golden Vials

Revelation 15:7

    If we have read the sequence correctly, the seven messengers (or literally messages) "come out from the Sanctuary or Temple." Then, and only then, will "golden bowls" be provided.
    They do not come from the "Temple" after it is filled with "smoke from the glory of God." They come out of the "Temple" before it is filled with smoke. (Revelation 15:6) We believe the "Living Creature" that provides the "golden bowls" is God’s lion-like justice.
    Still nothing can be poured out! Why?
    Even though the seven messages contain the seven last "plagues," and they are said to be in "white," having "golden girdles" and given "golden vials [bowls]"
two things remain before they may pour out the "plagues."

1 The Temple must be dedicated and "filled" with God’s glory. Revelation 15:8

2 "And I heard a great voice out of the Temple [particularly our Lord] saying to the seven angels [messages], Go your ways, and pour out the vials [bowls] of the wrath of God upon the earth [stable society]." Revelation 16:1

   When the "great voice" commands, then these seven messages respond by silently going forth on their commanded mission. However, they do not go forth until (1) the "Temple is filled with God's glory" and not until (2) they are commanded to do so from the Temple head, our Lord Jesus.
    These two criteria must be met.

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Filled with God's Glory

    God's glory filling the Temple is a climaxing point. In every edifice that God used or designed, the crowning point was always when God's glory filled it.

The Tabernacle

"Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle." Exodus 40:34

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The Tabernacle was filled
with God's glory.

    No one could go in or come out. Only after being filled with God's glory could the Tabernacle be used as God's meeting place with Israel.
    It took one day to assemble the Tabernacle, but putting it together was one thing. God's glory filling it was another, far more important. Without God's glory it would be an edifice of wood, gold, copper, silver and cloth. Nothing has meaning without God and His glory.

Solomon's Temple
Filled with God's Glory

    When did Solomon's temple become filled with God's glory? As you might suspect, it was not until the Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Most Holy and the priests came out. At this auspicious moment, the glory of the Lord filled the temple. We read:

"And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the Holy Place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,

"So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

"Then spake Solomon, 'The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.'"
1 Kings 8:10-13

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Solomon's Temple

We learn something additional here. The glory cloud was not light and airy like a summer day cloud. Rather, it was "thick darkness." This indicated God would make His abode with His Temple class in a time of thick darkness.
    No one could enter the Temple class anymore to run for the prize of the high calling, nor could any of the blessings of the Temple come to mankind yet. This will be a short period of time, probably covering the Armageddon crash.

Ezekiel's Temple
Filled with God's Glory

1 Through the East GateEzekiel 43:1-5

2 Through the North GateEzekiel 44:4

    Once the East Gate is shut, it will never open again. The East Gate is the gate to the High Calling.

"Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:

"And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

"And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.

"And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

"So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house." Ezekiel 43:1-5

    This would indicate that the East Gate is closed forever when the Lord's glory fills the Temple. The door to the High Calling is closed at this juncture. This is why we cannot possibly admit to the plagues being poured out in the primary sense throughout the Harvest.
    Interestingly, there is sound associated with this vision. Ezekiel says the sound of His coming was like the sound of "many waters; and the earth shone with his glory."
    We notice a striking parallel of this in Revelation 19:6:

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings."

    It seems the Great Company is suddenly aware that they are not part of the Little Flock or the Temple Class. The source of their comfort and joy is that they are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
    Following this, the Lord comes back through the East Gate and commands the Gate to be shut forever. The Lord then proceeds to enter through the North Gate. We read:

"Then he brought me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord; and I fell upon my face." Ezekiel 44:4

    This last glory seems to be when the Lord enters through the North Gate. Then the marriage of the Bride and the Lamb takes place. In the last vision (Revelation 19:6-7, 9) the Great Company was invited. In this vision we believe they shall witness the glory of God as He accepts The Christ as His dwelling place forever. It is amazing how many wonderful things are in God's Word.
    What else would we expect with God’s Living Temple when it is dedicated? Must it not also be filled with God’s glory?
    This is exactly what we find. Not only is this Living Temple filled with smoke "from the glory of God," but it also says "and from His power." No longer will God hide his glory and power from men. Now they shall experience it first in God's judgments. Later when the Temple is opened for blessing the world, they shall experience the power of God's Kingdom blessings.

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